7.3/10
16,704
17 user 31 critic

99 francs (2007)

The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay and dialogue) (as Nicolas), (screenplay and dialogue) (as Bruno) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vape Wave (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A retrospective on the history of the tobacco industry, and how vaping can, and will, save lives.

Director: Jan Kounen
Stars: Antoine Basler, Carole Brana, Rodolphe Chabrier
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business. The year is 1967 - he's been sent on a mission to Rio de Janeiro, to ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rüdiger Vogler
Dobermann (1997)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kounen
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo, Monica Bellucci
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A series of short films set around the theme of infidelity.

Directors: Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Géraldine Nakache
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An alcoholic writer is visited by an incarnation of his cancer.

Director: Bertrand Blier
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Albert Dupontel, Anne Alvaro
Brice de Nice (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A wannabe surfer parties on the French Riviera while awaiting the perfect wave.

Director: James Huth
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Clovis Cornillac, Élodie Bouchez
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A look at the dissolution of a marriage.

Director: Frédéric Beigbeder
Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Gaspard Proust, Joey Starr
L'idéal (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A scout for a modeling agency becomes embroiled in a social media scandal.

Director: Frédéric Beigbeder
Stars: Gaspard Proust, Audrey Fleurot, Anamaria Vartolomei
Le convoyeur (2004)
Drama | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In France, the disturbed and mysterious Alexandre Demarre is hired as security guard for the Vigilante armored truck company earning 1,200 euros per month and lodges in a hotel nearby the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Boukhrief
Stars: Albert Dupontel, Jean Dujardin, François Berléand
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Charles 'Charlie' Dagout
Patrick Mille ...
Jean-François 'Jeff' Marolles
...
Sophie
Elisa Tovati ...
Tamara
Nicolas Marié ...
Alfred Duler
Dominique Bettenfeld ...
Jean-Christian Gagnant
Antoine Basler ...
Marc Maronnier
Fosco Perinti ...
Giovanni Di Toro
Cendrine Orcier ...
Fabienne
Dan Herzberg ...
Steven
Arsène Mosca ...
Le dealer
Niels Dubost ...
Père Groobad
Aurélie Boquien ...
Mère Groobad
Mathis Jamet ...
Enfant Groobad
Edit

Storyline

The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

I'm the most influential bastard in 2000 years.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

13,99 euros  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on a novel with the same title by Frédéric Beigbeder. See more »

Goofs

When Octave's version of the Starlight commercial is shown on television for the first time, the blob of yogurt on his eyebrow disappears and reappears between takes. See more »

Quotes

Octave Parango: Everything is bought. Love, Art, planet earth, you me. Especially me. The man is a product like any other, with a limit sell by date. I am advertising, I am one of those that make you dream the things you will ever have. Blue skies, never ugly chicks, perfect happiness and retouched in Photoshop. You think I embellished the world? lost, I screw it up. Everything is temporary. Love, Art, planet Earth, you, me. Especially me
See more »

Connections

Features Laveuses (1896) See more »

Soundtracks

Sure Thing
Composed by Jack Nitzsche
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An honest movie that gets tangled up in what it tries to point out
7 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I never read the book of Beigbeder and so I was eager to see the movie after hearing many positive views on the book and knowing that the visuals of a Kounen Movie will be great. I didn't expect this movie to be so much of a comedy because the subject is rather tough. Anyway I think "99 francs" works really good on the level of a satire and it captures the deeply rooted cynicism that is implanted in the world of marketing and PR (in my opinion you can't work in this industry without becoming a total cynic) very well. I just loved the honesty in how the meetings and decisions were described as "masturbation" and how the main actors spend most of their time being high on drugs and their ego. Since the subject is so damn messed up I think approaching and ridiculing it with comedic elements made the movie more enjoyable. You will get many good laughs as well as following the comedy some direct punches to the stomach. All served in perfect visuals with loads of great ideas melting the flashbacks and development of main character Jean Dujarding together. The movie starts of practically with its end and then fast-rewinding to the beginning of how Jean ended up in Marketing but Jeans back story is shown in a very superficial way. You don't really know too much of him and rather see him on his job with his over-the-top cynic boss Marc and his slacker colleague Charlie. Like in every movie it takes a woman in the form of trainee Tamara to get the humanity out of Jeans character. They start an affair but when Tamara gets pregnant things get too serious and Jeans cynical world starts to implode leading to more and more harsh pictures breaking up the colorful advertising world.

Until the first ending I think the movie already made its point by presenting a fake world of cynics with their ridiculous everyday life and how they feel like gods. Unfortunately someone had the messed up idea of presenting the movie with an alternate ending, so you get a very long second version... I get the idea of making fun of how things usually turn out in Hollywood movies and in a perfect ad-world but I think 99francs really messes up its whole intention. Guess what, you get an alternative ending in which Jean finds his humanity and moves to a tropical island finding his peace and love. Yes, we know that advertising and Hollywood clichés are superficial but that point was made before and by playing with the rules even when making fun of them the movie gets entangled in what it wants do criticize and to my understanding falls flat on his face, not even stopping from letting you leave the movie with a preachy message printed on the screen.

Its kind of like making the whole movie again and then telling the viewer what to think and in that its more of what it criticizes than it was supposed to be. That is really a shame because the movie is filled with eye openers and visual gimmicks that make it fun to watch (although the last part kind of dragged for me). So still "99francs" is recommended viewing especially for everyone who doesn't work in or near the marketing industry. But I wished the movie left the viewer with a hard and direct punch to the face and thoughts spinning in his head to come to his own conclusion and not some "hahaha"-fun ending with a preachy moral presented like in a "World Aid" spot.


8 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Academy Awards Anarchy With Jordan Horowitz

La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz recounts the moment his movie was mistakenly awarded an Oscar. Plus, "The IMDb Show" finds out who your celebrity doppelgangers are.

Watch now